St Martins Library Learning Centre offers our students many opportunities; a space to change books, seek advice for recommendations, research for inquiry or personal interest, a corner to read in, a magazine to browse and a lunchtime retreat. Our library without walls can be accessed remotely 24 hours a day via the webopac and library website allowing students to manage their loans, reserve items and access a huge range of quality websites.
We are open from 8.30am and at lunchtimes for children to return and/or change their books independently and all classes visit throughout the week. We encourage a love of reading believing in the importance of reading mileage. Anderson, Wilson and Fielding (1988) found that out-of-school reading habits of students show that even 15 minutes of independent reading a day can expose students to more than a million words of text in a year – what a great way to achieve reading success. We are happy to work with parents wanting ideas of what to read next, providing lists of titles which might work.
Lunchtime opening is for children of all ages and throughout the term we have competitions, story reading and quizzes as well as browsing and exchanging books. Books are issued for two weeks and can be renewed if required longer.
We work closely with the teaching staff for inquiry topics providing both resources and expertise in internet search techniques and other information skills. We also run a number of reading initiatives with different year groups some nationally organised, others of our own making so ensuring that the Library is a partner in the School’s curriculum delivery.
Please feel free to call in and see us in the Library which is staffed 8.30am to 2.00pm, we’re always open for a visit! If you’re a parent and would like to help out we’re always happy for volunteers to just drop in, email Bridget. (Please note that for Term 3 and 4 of 2018 Bridget is on leave and the library will not be fully staffed. Students will still have their class library times and will be able to issue, renew and return books as usual)
Here are quick links to the Access It website and our school library website.
Access It website http://accessit.stmartins.school.nz:2000
School Library website: http://smartlib.weebly.com/